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Benjamin Cluff letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6070

Scope and Contents

Letter from Benjamin Cluff, Jr. to John M. Cannon, concerning the selling of Cluff's interest in the Giles mine, 1902.


  • 1902


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Benjamin Cluff letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Benjamin Cluff, Jr. (1858-1948) succeeded Karl G. Maeser as the principal of Brigham Young Academy.

Benjamin Cluff, Jr. was born on February 7, 1858 in Provo, Utah to Benjamin Cluff and Mary Ellen Foster. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and served on a mission to Hawaii. In 1892, he succeeded Karl G. Maeser as the principal of Brigham Young Academy. In 1896, he was instrumental in partnering with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in sponsoring Brigham Young Academy. Under his reign, Brigham Young Academy became Brigham Young University. Cluff made many changes during his tenure at Brigham Young University, which included changing the class time from half an hour to an hour, adopting blue and white as the school colors, helping to encourage to first school newspaper, starting summer school, awarding the first student loans, creating the Alumni Association, and entering the univeristy into an intercollegiate sports system. Cluff retired in 1903. He died in Redondo, California on June 14, 1948.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Purchased from Peter Crawley in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Peter Crawley; 1987.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Separated Materials

Separated from other materials purchased from Peter Crawley in 1987.

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.


Register of Benjamin Cluff letter
Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States